Sported April Update

What a month! It’s been a busy time with the return of organised sport in England. We hope that if you’ve restarted your face-to-face sessions, that you’ve had a great time welcoming everyone back.

We’ve had a great response to our new Time In Mind campaign and the training sessions booked up fast. Keep an eye out for new dates being announced. This month we also released our longitudinal study of the effect of the pandemic on grassroots sports groups using responses from over 900 of our members – thank you if you were a part of those surveys and focus groups.

This month’s newsletter includes:

  • Our latest Community Pulse to tell us how you’re getting on
  • Upcoming webinars
  • Brush up on the latest government guidance
  • An opportunity to say thank you to your Sported volunteer
  • Get your hands on some free cycling helmets
  • Helpful links, training and information from other sports organisations

While we get The Sported Hub ready to launch, Your Sported Network is still there with all your downloadable resources, events info and all the Sported benefits and services. There’s also the Sported Member Facebook Group where we post new funding opportunities, and anything else that may be of interest.

We’re also loving the videos and pictures you’re sharing via social media, so do keep sharing them with us on Twitter and Instagram.

The Sported Team

Community Pulse

We’re committed to giving you the support you need as things begin to open up. Using the results from previous Community Pulse surveys, we’ve ensured that webinars, resources, and online workshops available have reflected the issues you’ve been facing.

That’s why we’ll be asking you to take a few minutes and complete a new Community Pulse when restrictions and / or circumstances change, to give us a snapshot of how you’re feeling and how you’re getting on. Your input is crucial to ensure that we’re offering the support that you need going forward. 

Fill in the latest Community Pulse below before Friday 30th April.

If you would prefer to have a chat with us, your Regional Manager is available via e-mail or phone to talk through any concerns. If you’re not sure how to contact them, just let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

Click here to complete
Planning for your post COVID future
Tuesday 27th April, 5.30pm – 6.45pm
We know that it’s been impossible to plan over the past year and, but as we see restrictions ease, it’s time to get planning for your next moves.

Join Sported volunteer, Jocelyn Parkes who will help you think about:

  • What you want to achieve this year, for the next 2- 3 years and long term
  • Setting aims and objectives that will enable you to deliver the impact you want to make – not just outputs
  • How to get it down on paper in a way that you will be able to use on a day-to-day basis to help you achieve those goals
Legal Structures
Tuesday 11th May, 6pm – 8pm
A Sport England Club Matters workshop in partnership with Sported

Are you considering your changing your legal structure?

In this introduction to legal structures, the session will give you guidance into the different legal structures you could adopt and which one may suit your organisation in order to achieve your goals.

We’ll also touch on whether claiming charitable status is an option and how you can maximise on Gift Aid of donations.

Limited availability

Let us know… 

Some of you told us that you were concerned about getting people to return to activity and that you’d like some support around using social media to do this.

Would you be interested in attending a webinar exploring effective ways to use social media to re-engage and attract young participants to your organisation?

Yes please
No thanks
Say thank you to your Sported volunteer

With Volunteers’ Week on the horizon (1st – 7th June), we’d love to say a massive thank you to our fantastic Sported volunteers for all their support, especially throughout the pandemic.

We’re planning to put together a little video of thank you messages, we’d love you to send us a 15-20 second video we’ll put out on volunteers week.

Click here to send us your video by the 17th May or e-mail them to

The Physical Return

With outdoor and indoor organised sport able to return for young people, it’s best to keep a refresher of the information and guidance available. Sport England have a thorough round up of the current government guidelines.

Additionally, Club Matters have some great resources and toolkits available that we’d like to highlight including:

We’ll still be updating our information sheets available on Your Sported Network with any new developments.

Download the Capture Everything How-to guide for Social Media
Download The Physical Return Checklist
UK Coaching Awards 

If you have or know an amazing coach who has implemented great coaching ideas and made a difference to people’s mental and physical well-being over the past year, you can nominate them as a UK Coaching hero.

Nominations are open until 17th May. Find out more on the website.

Would free cycle helmets help you deliver in your community?

Lazer – one of the oldest helmet manufacturers in the world – is offering Sported members free cycling helmets. For every 10 helmets registered in the UK between March 1st and the May 31st 2021 Lazer will donate a Compact helmet to Sported. Read more hereThe helmets are unisex and fully adjustable in size for people 8+.

We’re specifically looking to support you if you plan, or would like to, to deliver cycling activities to young people in your community post lockdown and this would enable you to do so.

How do we get them?

Email and tell us a little about how you would use the helmets to help young people in your community (around 50 words) and how many you’d like (min 10 and max 30) by Tuesday 11th May.

Free Canva Pro for registered charities

If you’re a registered charity, you may be able to qualify for free Canva Pro. Canva is an easy to use website to create graphics, short videos and gifs to use on social media and website.

Find out more.

How can sport safeguard children?

Find out more about the difference between child protection and safeguarding in a sports setting and looks in more depth at how children and young people can be further protected beyond their time at training sessions in this animation from the NSPCC and Child Protection in Sport Unit.

Access the animation via this page

StreetGames – How apprentices can help your organisation recover, reinvent and rebuild
Wednesday 28th April, 12pm – 1pm

This webinar is aimed at any organisations that provide sport & physical-activity and the goal is to get you thinking about the benefits of bringing an apprentice into your coaching workforce.

The conversation will be led by Sport England’s Stuart Armstrong (Strategic Lead, Workforce Transformations) and will involve current apprentice-employers as well as former apprentices.

Find out more and book on Eventbrite.

Discounted Get Grants fundraising training sessions 

Our friends at have a great selection of Fundraising Training Courses available covering:

  • Bid writing
  • Corporate fundraising
  • Fundraising strategy and much more

Find out about the upcoming training sessions on their website. Sported members can get 10% off the price. Just get in touch with Get Grants directly and quote the code SPORTED10.  

They are also running FREE fundraisers networking events to connect with other fundraisers from small to medium organisations from registered charities, CICs, community groups and sport groups.

The next networking session is on Wednesday 28th April 1pm – 2pm. Find out more and register here.

Guide to Converting a Charitable Company to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation

If you’re limited by guarantee registered with the Charity Commission and are considering converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), there are many pros and cons to consider.

This webinar from the Charity Finance Group will take you through things to consider, steps to prepare and mapping out steps for the conversion.

This is free for non-members of the CFG. Find out more about the event on their website and e-mail if you have any questions.

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